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Iguazu and Salta on a Budget

Iguazu and Salta

Iguazu and Salta on a Budget
Iguazu and Salta on a Budget
Iguazu and Salta on a Budget
Iguazu and Salta on a Budget
Iguazu and Salta on a Budget
Iguazu and Salta on a Budget
Iguazu and Salta on a Budget

This trip is aimed for those who have Uyuni and Cusco in Mind, departing from Buenos Aires or Brazil. Once exploring the breathtaking Iguazu Waterfalls, one can take a long, long bus to go to Salta, "the" capital of Northwestern Argentina, a region of rough beauty and strong cultural roots.

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DAY 1: Puerto Iguazu

Arrival in Puerto Iguazu. Airport or Bus Station pick up. From 2 pm on, check in at selected accommodation. Free day.

DAY 2: Puerto Iguazu

Breakfast. 8 am Full Day Excursion to the Falls, Argentine side:  This Tour take will you to visit part of the Iguazú National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and mammals, all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna. The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauties and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this Park. You will start the visit at the Local Museum and  continue the Tour along  the Lower  Trail, from where you can see the " Two sisters Falls", the "Bossetti Fall", the "Hidden Fall", a panoramic view of "San Martin island " and the "Union Fall". Later you walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic "San Martin Fall” from where you have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls. Finally, you go with the Train of the Jungle up to "Devil's Throat" station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, you will reach the spectacular "Devil's Throat", where the Iguazu river expresses itself with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.

DAY 3: Puerto Iguazu

Breakfast. Excursion to the Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls, half day: The guide will take you to visit the wonderful Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Argentine side. You will get close to "Floriano", "Deodoro," and "Benjamin" waterfalls, and the walkways lead you also to "Santa Maria Falls." (Beware of visa needs if going to the Brazilian side, eg: Australia, USA, Canada, China, etc)

DAY 4: Puerto Iguazu-Tucuman

Breakfast and check out before 11 am. Bus station drop off. Depature to Tucuman city in the late evening. Night bus.

DAY 5: Tucuman-Salta

Arrival in Tucuman in the evening to connect with another bus heading to Salta. Arrival to Salta, late in the night. Check in at accommodation.  

DAY 6: Salta - Purmamarca

Breakfast. Safari to the Clouds/Purmamarca Excursion:  You will travel in the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the Puna.  On your way, you will visit magnificent ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. Departure from Salta will be at 7 am and you will quickly reach the small town of Campo Quijano and later, the impressive Quebrada del Toro. Soon you will leave all signs of vegetation as you enter the realms of the solitary Puna. In Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Inca city of the XIII century, you will do a short archeological hiking. Later, you will reach San Antonio de los Cobres, a small miner´s town rich in tradition and the Train to the Clouds final destination. 

Further ahead, a desert plateau will take you to the surreal landscape of the salt flats, where you stop again to walk around and enjoy the contrasts.

In the afternoon, you will return through the overwhelming Lipan mountains and arrive at the Seven-color Hill in Purmamarca, a landmark on its own. You will overnight in this village suspended in time.

DAY 7: Purmamarca - Salta

Breakfast. Humahuaca Full Day Excursion: Towns and relics of ancient cultures, superb mountains and the feeling of being in timeless places are the exquisite elements of this trip through the Humahuaca Gorge. You will leave Purmamarca at 9:00 am and head north to the province of Jujuy. The small towns of Tumbaya, Purmamarca, Maimará and Tilcara open their ancient charm to your captivated eyes. In Purmamarca, you will stop to see the famous Seven-color hill, in Tilcara, you visit the Pucará (fortress) and the Archeological Museum, while in Uquía you stop to admire the local church. But it’s in Humahuaca where you enjoy in the extremely peaceful atmosphere, the typical colonial architecture and the charming people.  In your way back you will also visit San Salvador de Jujuy to get to know its monuments and intriguing legends. Let the history behind the walls and stones of these places take you on a ride to the Argentinean past! Arrival to Salta at 7 – 8 pm

DAY 8: Salta

Breakfast. Free day to enjoy optional tours or just relax in beautiful Salta city

DAY 9: Salta

Breakfast.  Check Out.

Included:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Iguazu at selected room with breakfast.
  • Iguazu Airport or Bus Station pickup and drop off
  • Full Day Tour to the Falls, Argentina Side
  • Half Day Tour to the Falls, Brazilian Side 
  • Bus from Iguazu to Tucuman
  • Bus from Tucuman to Salta
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Salta at selected room with breakfast.
  • 1 night Accommodation in Purmamarca at selected room. (Note: accommodation in Purmamarca may be more simple than accommodation in bigger cities)
  • Safari to the Clouds / Purmamarca Full Day Excursion
  • Humahuaca Full Day Excursion
Not Included:
  • Salta Bus Station pick up/drop off
  • Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park Argentine side (aprox 30 USD per person)
  • Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park Brazilian side (aprox 30 USD per person)
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room
Destination

Foz Do Iguazú


Humahuaca


Iguazú

Situated in the northeast of Argentina, Puerto Iguazú City is 300 km away from the Capital City of the Province - Posadas City - and is the city that borders on Brazil and Paraguay through the concourse of Paraná and Iguazú Rivers.

Being a touristic place, it provides with the greatest spectacle of water and forest ever existing on Earth - the imposing Iguazú Falls - in guaraní language "Big waters".

This region has a humid subtropical climate without dry season, with temperatures ranging from 20º C to 33º C in Summer while Winter is mild and nice. It is important to mention that due to the high degree of humidity the rain diminishes thermic amplitude and causes clouds increase.

Topographicaly speaking, Puerto Iguazú is located in a plateau with red rocky land due to the melaphyre decomposition rich in iron and having cliffs covered by humus favouring the growth of an exuberant forest.

To get to this charming city and one of the most wonderful sceneries in South America one can do it by plane arriving at Iguazú International Airport 17 Km away from the city centre.

Coming from Brazil and Paraguay one can cross "Tancredo Neves International Bridge".

Among the most chosen activities, the tourist goes on excursions to Iguazú National Park -Natural Heritage to Humanity by UNESCO- visiting 275 waterfalls and getting to know the exotic flora and fauna.

In the city, there are different places to visit such as "Mbororé" and Natural Sciences Museums, Tres Fronteras Boundary Stone and the International Casino.

From Puerto Iguazú, one can go on excursions to Ciudad del Este (East City) -Paraguay- where there is an important crafts and electronics fair, as well as on excursions to Brazil in order to get a different view of the falls.

Puerto Iguazú is a place where nature , in its greatest beauty expression, will amaze the tourist for sure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride in a speedboat under the Falls
  • Explore the jungle and discover its secrets
  • Flow through the jungle giants doing Canopy
  • Abseil down a cascade in the middle of the forest
  • An adventure day in the brazilian side
  • Try Mate ice cream
  • To visiting the Wanda gemstones site
  • Itaipú Hydroelectric Factory, located in the border of Brazil and Paraguay
  • To visit La Aripuca theme park
  • A tour around the beginnings of American history: the "San Ignacio Miní" Jesuit mission
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Purmamarca


Salta

The city of Salta is situated at 1187 m.a.s.l., in the north extreme of the Lerma Valley. It was founded in 1582, its spanish physiognomy emphasize it from the rest of the cities of the country. In Salta you can find ground floor houses, narrow streets and sidewalks, everything situated among mountains and trees. Owner of an intense historic past, it finds in one of the most impresive geographies of the region, from the jungle (yungas) in the East part to the Puna desert in the West side.


Summer is mild and Winter is warm and dry, with records of an annual average temperature of 22ºC, which makes the city an ideal place to live or visit.

A few kilometers away from the city, there are many interesting places to visit, to spend the day or to enjoy them by doing some adventure activities. It stands out the towns of San Lorenzo, Vaqueros, La Caldera and the dam Cabra Corral. In all those places is possible to practice horse ridding, four trax, trekkings, rafting and cannopy.

The night in Salta has for every kind of taste, and its variety cover all the alternatives. From the traditional "peñas", within artistic local shows, it is possible to taste the tipical regional dishes, to a large range of restaurants, casinos, bars and discotheques.

In Salta is not possible to miss the turistic circuits that this beautiful province offers. In the Calchaqui Valleys circuit you´ll be surprised by the rocky formations of their gorges and multicolored hills, where they rise many little towns which adobe and straw houses will take the traveller to ancient times. It is an unforgettable trip to a region forged by the turbulent pre - inca and colonial history inside a dramatic geography, where we can also apreciate the road of wine, one of the specialities of the region.

The Andean Circuitor Puna will take us to one of the most extreme areas. Passing through Campo Quijano, the gate of the Andes, we´ll arrive to Bull Gorge, an impresive road that will lead us to the pre-inca ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, one of the most important in the region.

Going through the Abra Muñano at 4100 m.a.s.l. we´ll be entering in the arid desert of the Puna, in which it finds the town of San Antonio de los Cobres, where the inhabitants of the place will show us their way of living in such a hard place.

In this desert it is possible to see the amazing white colour of theSalt Lakes, shared with the neighbouring province of Jujuy.

In the Noth Circuit, going through the middle of the jungle area, we can enter from Salta to Humahuaca Gorge, with all its colour and history, this will allow us to go into the mountains where are hidden magic towns like Iruya.

Salta offers alternatives for every taste. Its people is doing of this place something special and the traveller falls in love with the city. The combination of landscape and history is doing of Salta an oblige city for those who wants to know the best of the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Train to the clouds, one of the most important works of engineering in the XXth century: the C14 branch, located 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • The new Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (High Country Archeology Museum)
  • Salta Cathedral
  • Birdwatching is an ideal activity to get deep into the rainforest in Salta
  • Tour through one of the most impressive circuits in the contry, the legendary Calchaquí Valleys
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